I like the Grapefruit/Cactus League concept better since it seems like it would be more interesting baseball. But pulling that off in some far flung spring training cites creates more challenges with keeping players safe. Now, if we get ample testing during the next two months and prove that this promising treatment works, then we could roll on it.
I see no need to change formats for the sport's return. Get back to playing hockey and fans will love it. It may be hard to create true playoff hockey coming back from a lull, but we'll take what we can get and deal with the asterisk later.
The Angels can afford to pay Trout that money in LA and it's hard to imagine that contract not working out well, all things considered.
I prefer to remember him as one of the all-time great competitors. It's a shame that the nature of his demise had to produce that sort of scrutiny. Imagine how much harder it is for his family to cope when all of this is dredged up again with national reports.
He will need work to adapt to the pro game, but independent scouts believe it won't take long. He made strides with his defensive game and physical play this season. And I can see scenarios where both he and Dunn are on the Blues for a long time.
Ah, the Leafs. A massive chunk of Canada has been in torment forever. I'm old enough to remember cranky old Harold Ballard rolling into town with that team. What a brutal owner for such a storied franchise. Other owners were cheap, sure, but that guy was a clown. Now they have a first-rate operation led by former STL hearthrob Brendan Shanahan, but I wonder about their plan. Rather than spending on Tavares, perhaps that money could have gone to upgrade the defense and add elite checkers to match up against, say, the Bruins.
He handled lots of bad stuff with more grace than most of us could even imagine. When you talk about historic figures whose work stands the test of time, he is right up there. Hopefully the generations to come will learn his story and appreciate what he did.
The Blues have great chemistry, so that doesn't change during the down time. But like the beat guys point out over and over, it is NOT easy to get to that level of swarming, physical play. By the time the Blues start to "build their game" to postseaon levels, their playoffs could end. Also, abbreviated playoff series, if the NHL goes that route, could work against them. Their style takes a toll on opponents over time. If the Blues can't get into full grinding mode and wear teams down over the best-of-seven format, they could have a disappointing playoff.
I suppose that would be a nice gesture, if it hasn't been done already. I've seen proclamations about things far more trivial.
I believe the big market teams will be able to get back to spending huge dollars more readily because their local TV deals are so big. Those markets rely less on the gate. So while free agents overall may have fewer suitors, the top guys will still get paid. Where that puts the Cardinals with Flaherty is hard to say. He is a rare commodity -- although the Cardinals haven't treated hims as such to this point.
Attendance at baseball this year . . . that is pretty iffy. Again, we come back to how much testing we have and whether or not there is a viable treatment. There's hope on the latter front, but it's early to assess that.
We're all going crazy right now. I get that. A lot of businesses won't survive this shutdown and that is terrible. We all want out of this holding pattern. If we can keep our stuff together for a few more weeks and buy the professionals more time to get on top of this, maybe we have some semblance of normalcy by this summer.
The alternative is baseball players getting other work, which would likely pay less. The new normal could be a lot less lucrative.
Schwartz is an interesting case. He is a key guy, but one of many. He has a great feel for the game, but he just doesn't quite have high-end finish. By comparision, Schenn offers more physical play and a bit more finish. This team has a lot of forwards and at some point something will have to give.
This is true, too. Once we can test for that on massive scale will be further along. This goes for all sorts of businesses. The employees who have immunity will be the ones helping bring the country back.
Faulk is an asset. The Blues would not have to pay a team to take him. The Blues would expose him to protect somebody else. If he got picked, he got picked. If he didn't and the Blues opted to move him at some point, I bet they would get a nice return.
I can't imagine him playing again. But the Scandella signing makes it clear that a comeback here is unlikely.
Only a moron would compare this to the flu. This reminds of the knucklehead who went on national TV and argued that a 2 or 3 percent mortality rate among children would be a perfectly acceptable price to pay for reopening schools. So he was willing to kill hundreds of thousands of kids. Then there was the Lt. Governor in Texas suggesting that old people should gladly die to keep the economy running.
Unfortunately, the pandemic is a sports topic, too, since it took away sports.